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How The Drought Is Affecting Spring Gardening In San Diego County

How The Drought Is Affecting Spring Gardening In San Diego County

It almost seems like San Diego County has bypassed spring altogether and gone straight to summer. But the calendar says spring actually arrives at the end of the week.

With the unseasonal — some might say bizarre — hot weather, it's hard to figure out what to do for spring gardening this year.

Nan Sterman, host of the KPBS television series "A Growing Passion," said it’s best to remove plants that aren’t drought tolerant.

“As sad as it is to let those plants die, maybe we just need to let them go because they need more water than we could really could afford to give them,” Sterman told KPBS Midday Edition on Monday. “When it gets hot plants lose more water into the atmosphere and to replace that water they have to pull it up through the roots from the ground. Well, if it’s not in the ground where will they get it from? That’s when they wilt, and eventually they wilt to the point of not recovering.”

Sterman will be one of many gardeners offering tips on Saturday at a Master Gardener Association of San Diego County seminar. The cost of the classes range from $15 to $30.

The classes will be at the County of San Diego Operations Center at 5520 Overland Drive.

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